Windows Phone 8.1 – Some useful links for developing Windows “Universal Apps”

P.S. 24/09/2015 – There is a newer port specific to Programming for Windows 10: useful links .


See first what’s new in Windows Phone 8.1 for end-users and for developers [What’s next for Windows Phone 8 developers: what are my options; Windows Phone 8.1: le novità per gli sviluppatori (M. Pagani)].

To install the latest Windows 8.1 Update see here. To install the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Update see here and here.





Windows Phone 8 apps use XAML to define their UI, but in their XAML they use UI types from a different namespace than those used in the XAML of Windows Store apps. On the contrary, Windows Phone 8.1 adopts the same XAML UI framework as Windows Store apps.

Windows Runtime (WinRT) support on Windows Phone 8.1 converges with Windows 8.1. The release brings a complete Windows Runtime API to the platform, including Windows Runtime XAML support.

In the following there are some useful link to develop new apps for the (unified) Windows Store.






SDK & Training Kits







Other free ebooks could be found here:


Relevant Microsoft Virtual Accademy courses (pre-requisite): C# and XAML




XAML (Extensible Application Markup Language) 


Universal App

As it is said in Dev Center site relating to new features in WP 8.1, Windows Phone 8.1 introduce un importante cambiamento nell’ecosistema degli sviluppatori per Windows Phone. In questa versione si realizza la convergenza di Windows Phone con la piattaforma per app di Windows Store in una singola piattaforma per sviluppatori che esegue gli stessi tipi di app, ovvero le app di Windows Runtime.

Windows Phone 8.1 is built on the Windows Runtime (WinRT) rather than Silverlight.

Siete pronti a Windows 10? Sì, se sviluppate Universal App!

Have a look to trends (Windows and Windows Phone Store Trends – September 2014 Update) and to new WP 8.1 features (What’s New in Windows Phone 8.1).
See also:  What’s next for Windows Phone 8 developers (July 21, 2014) (what the Windows Phone 8.1 release means for you: simple Q&A that can help you decide what you want to do next).


Official documentation:


Online training:


 Model View View Model

See specific post in the next days …




Apps and sites:


See also:


Xamarine (cross platform framework)


Cordova (cross platform  using HTML, CSS and JavaScript)


More useful links


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Electronic engineer
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